Review Update Dell Precision M6700 Notebook Nvidia Quadro K5000M

Tobias Winkler (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/20/2013

Silent. Dell's Precision M6700 could already convince us with its high performance and agreeable noise development in a first review. Now Nvidia's highest performance, professional Quadro K5000M graphics is installed and has to prove for whom this configuration upgrade is really worthwhile. We also closely examined whether the other qualities are not neglected.

For the original German review, see here.

Dell's Precision M6700 leads our workstation ranking alongside its smaller brother, Dell's Precision M4700. The reason that the 17-inch premium model is only in second place could be that the older test model featured the attractively priced AMD FirePro M6000. Now we have gotten hold of a test model with the strongest Nvidia Quadro graphics chip, the Quadro K5000M. A more potent Intel Core i7-3940XM CPU is also integrated, which is the current ultimate until the Haswell architecture is released. The working memory has been doubled to 16 GB and features a higher clock. A total of three solid state drives are used as storage devices. This is divided into 256 GB for the operating system and 2x 512 GB for data. We regrettably did not get an IPS screen with RGB LEDs. Instead, the standard Full HD screen is installed again. The test device currently has a gross price of about 7600 Euros (~$9867).

Case

The casing is identical with that of the previously tested Dell Precision M6700 with AMD's FirePro M6000. The umber-colored metal surface is very rigid and resistant. The display hinge has a firm grip on the screen and the wrist rest only yields slightly over the ExpressCard slot. The casing's stiffness is exemplary. The base is closed with a big cover that is secured with two screws and most important components are found beneath it. The Precision M6700 cannot be placed stably on a surface when the battery is removed because one of the feet is attached to it. More impressions about the casing can be found in the review of Dell's Precision M6700 and Precision M6600.

Connectivity

The connectivity has been well-solved in every way. The number and position are exemplary and cater to virtually all needs. Only unusual interfaces, such as FireWire 800 or Thunderbolt, are not found. The current test model sports a common slot-in DVD burner rather than a Blu-ray burner. We tested the card reader with an SDHC SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 (8 GB) and reached sequential read speeds of 75 MB/s and write rates of 48 MB/s. Consequently, the speed advantage of fast memory cards can be used well in Dell's Precision M6700.

All other connectivity details are identical to the previously tested Dell Precision M6700. The warranty covers the usual 36 months.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard virtually features the same qualities as the first test model. Only the keyboard's left area yielded noticeably and could annoy prolific typists. This is likely restricted to the test model seeing that Dell has proved that it can do a better job. Another drawback is again the omitted keyboard light.

Display

We also find the standard Full HD screen in this test model. Unfortunately, we could not get hold of an RGB LED screen for this update review. However, the screen comes from Chi Mei rather than LG Philips this time.

281
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 309 cd/m²
Average: 283.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 303 cd/m²
Black: 0.38 cd/m²
Contrast: 797:1

Both screens are high-quality but differ marginally in details. The brightness ranges from a minimum of 257 cd/m² in the upper right corner to a maximum of 309 cd/m² in the lower center at our nine measuring points. This results in an average of 283 cd/m² and an illumination of 83%. Slight brightness differences can only be seen on monochrome backgrounds when looking very close at the screen.

The contrast is now 797:1 and reproduces even richer colors and a more saturated black. The color space coverage is not quite as good as in the LG Philips screen and exhibits somewhat larger gaps particularly in the blue-cyan-green range.

Chi Mei vs. AdobeRGB
Chi Mei vs. AdobeRGB
Chi Mei vs. sRGB
Chi Mei vs. sRGB
LG Philips vs. sRGB
LG Philips vs. sRGB

The screen is only average in the other qualities like gray scales, color accuracy and color saturation in factory settings. After calibration, the screen shows its true potential. The gray scales are reproduced very precisely with an average DeltaE 2000 of 1.78. The color accuracy is almost perfect except for slightly shifted red and magenta values and the color saturation also only deviates marginally from the ideal. Consequently, the screen is suitable for image processing if the user does not need 100% color space coverage.

Gray scale
Gray scale
Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Color saturation
Color saturation
Calibrated gray scale
Calibrated gray scale
Calibrated color accuracy
Calibrated color accuracy
Calibrated color saturation
Calibrated color saturation

The Chi Mei TN screen's viewing angle stability is subjectively identical to the LG Philips screen. Only marginal color and brightness deviations are seen from the side horizontally. The content fades or inverts from large viewing angles vertically.

Viewing angles: Dell Precision M6700
Viewing angles: Dell Precision M6700

Performance

Our test model sports the currently strongest mobile CPU, Intel's Core i7-3940XM. Dell combines it with the premium model of Nvidia's professional graphic cards, the Quadro K5000M. A fast 16 GB PC3-14900 working memory from Kingston and three SSDs complete the high-performance workstation. Our test configuration is available for a price starting at around 7600 Euros (~$9867, gross) at Dell. Thus, the price is much higher than that of our first test model (5200 Euros, ~$6752), which featured AMD's FirePro M6000 graphics and Intel's second-fastest Core i7-3920XM.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ
System info Crystal Disk Mark
DPC Latency
System information: Dell Precision M6700

Processor

Intel's Core i7-3940XM supplies top rates in all test fields. Only desktop CPUs provide even more computing power. Four physical computer cores, Hyper Threading, 8 MB of L3 cache and Turbo Boost (3000 - 3900 MHz) are key configuration features that ensure a particularly high performance. Top scores can be expected in single-thread as well as in multi-thread tasks. For example, 6506 points was achieved in Cinebench R10 64 bit single-core and 25475 points in multi-core. Converting MP3 files to AAC format via iTunes was performed with x55.9 speed (single-thread), which is, up till now, the best rate of Intel's Core i7-3920XM CPU. The 100 MHz difference in the maximum clock rate apparently does not have an effect here. Converting two movie files via Cyberlink's MediaEspresso media converter was also accomplished in a best time.

We did not ascertain a reduction of the processor clock rate in battery mode. However, the user will have to reckon with clock throttling after approximately 20 minutes of simultaneous CPU and GPU load. More about that under Emissions.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6818
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20744
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5252
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6777 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
25475 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6506 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
84.12 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.62 Points
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System Performance

Almost everything that is technically possible is exhausted in system performance. Only a swifter SSD-RAID array could provide an even better result. However, the present configuration's results, 20046 points in PCMark Vantage and 6203 points in PCMark 7, are more than satisfactory. The user will not have to worry about performance for the next few years with this laptop.

7.6
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
7.6
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
7.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
7.8
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage20046 points
PCMark 76203 points
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Storage Devices

The operating system is installed on a 256 GB mSATA SSD. The good results of Samsung's PM830 solid state drive were already compelling in previous tests. In this case, its scores remain behind its potentials in a few subareas. The reason for this is the mSATA SSD connected via SATA II, which is bogged down at about 270 MB/s. This disadvantage primarily affects the maximum sequential read and transfer rates. Accessing and processing multiple small files (4K QD32) at the same time is accomplished just about as fast as with a SATA III interface and makes up the largest part of the subjective routine work speed. More information can be found in our extensive HDD benchmark chart.

The user can store files on the enormous capacity of two 512 GB SSDs from ADATA. They are connected via SATA III and can thus provide full speed. This ensures a very fast data transfer rate between the storage devices. Our test system embedded all SSDs as single drives. Implementing various RAID configurations that are either made for performance or redundancy is also possible.

Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
Transfer Rate Minimum: 173.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 187.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 179.6 MB/s
Access Time: 0.2 ms
Burst Rate: 146.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

Graphics Card

The power of Nvidia's Quadro K5000M (technical specs) is very dependent on optimized Quadro drivers. They ensure an enormous speed boost particularly when compared with similar high-performance consumer-range models. In addition to that, the special drivers also affect the stability and compatibility with many professional applications, which are reflected in a corresponding ISV certification.

The results from the SPECViewperf 11 benchmark show that Nvidia's Quadro K5000M delivers top performance across the board. In contrast to AMD's FirePro M6000, it even has the lead in all fields. Depending on the application field, the difference is relatively low and the question whether the surcharge is really worthwhile could arise. This is the case in, for example, Solid Works, Maya and Lightwave. Compared with the Nvidia Quadro K5000M in Schenker's XIRIOS W712, Dell's Precision M6700 is clearly defeated in Maya, TCVIS and Siemens NX. This is not due to the different driver versions. An update to the newer ForceWare 307.68 did not bring visible performance increases in Dell's Precision M6700. The much better scores are probably due to the XIRIOS W712's better multi-thread performance and twice as big working memory. The performance of the older test devices listed in the comparison graph might have increased with the driver updates in the meantime.

The test system can also use Intel's Quick Sync technology for video converting tasks owing to Optimus and the enabled Intel graphics. This is currently the fastest way to convert videos to another format. The user can also benefit from a very low processor capacity. Another possible alternative would be video converting via Nvidia's CUDA engine or processor-only power. However, the tasks need much longer with these technologies. This difference particularly becomes relevant in big projects. A performance comparison is graphically illustrated under Processor.

SPECviewperf 11
1920x1080 Catia AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
50.18 fps ∼72%
Dell Precision M6700
14.86 fps ∼21% -70%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
14.62 fps ∼21% -71%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
40.65 fps ∼59% -19%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
45.89 fps ∼66% -9%
1920x1080 Ensight AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
47.12 fps ∼59%
Dell Precision M6700
24.98 fps ∼31% -47%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
12.23 fps ∼15% -74%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
24.33 fps ∼30% -48%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
50.92 fps ∼63% +8%
1920x1080 Lightwave AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
50.62 fps ∼63%
Dell Precision M6700
44 fps ∼55% -13%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
42.25 fps ∼52% -17%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
48.11 fps ∼60% -5%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
46.37 fps ∼57% -8%
1920x1080 Maya AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
56.68 fps ∼50%
Dell Precision M6700
51.34 fps ∼46% -9%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
36.89 fps ∼33% -35%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
50.82 fps ∼45% -10%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
100.99 fps ∼90% +78%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
17.16 fps ∼90%
Dell Precision M6700
2.62 fps ∼14% -85%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
4.83 fps ∼25% -72%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
15.32 fps ∼81% -11%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
13.18 fps ∼69% -23%
1920x1080 SolidWorks AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
46.78 fps ∼72%
Dell Precision M6700
43.13 fps ∼67% -8%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
33.19 fps ∼51% -29%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
40.03 fps ∼62% -14%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
37.1 fps ∼57% -21%
1920x1080 Tcvis AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
47.72 fps ∼80%
Dell Precision M6700
9.24 fps ∼15% -81%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
10.99 fps ∼18% -77%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
35.47 fps ∼59% -26%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
57.13 fps ∼96% +20%
1920x1080 Siemens NX AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Precision M6700
42.07 fps ∼67%
Dell Precision M6700
25.38 fps ∼40% -40%
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD
14.19 fps ∼22% -66%
Fujitsu Celsius H920
31.44 fps ∼50% -25%
Schenker XIRIOS W712
63.13 fps ∼100% +50%

Legend

 
Dell Precision M6700 Intel Core i7-3940XM, NVIDIA Quadro K5000M, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
 
Dell Precision M6700 Intel Core i7-3920XM, AMD FirePro M6000, Samsung SSD PM830 (512 GB)
 
HP EliteBook 8470w B5W63AW-ABD Intel Core i5-3360M, AMD FirePro M2000, Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS727550A9E
 
Fujitsu Celsius H920 Intel Core i7-3720QM, NVIDIA Quadro K3000M, Micron RealSSD C400-MTFDDAC256MAM
 
Schenker XIRIOS W712 Intel Xeon E5-2680, NVIDIA Quadro K5000M, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000

The scores are slightly higher than Nvidia's GeForce GTX 675M in the DirectX 11 benchmarks. In 3DMark 11, 5152 points was achieved and only 2724 points in 3DMark Fire Strike. The score of Schenker's XIRIOS workstation (76 fps) was even surpassed in Cinebench OpenGL Shading with 84 fps.

The dedicated graphics card only runs with its default clock of 135 MHz in battery mode. This results in a performance loss of approximately 60%. For example, only just below 27 fps in contrast to 84 fps was achieved in Cinebench R11.5 Open GL Shading. In return, the graphics performance remained consistently stable in AC mode and did not suffer from temperature throttling like the CPU.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
24595 points
3DMark Vantage19601 points
3DMark 115152 points
3DMark Ice Storm92405 points
3DMark Cloud Gate15362 points
3DMark Fire Strike2724 points
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Gaming Performance

A workstation is not really conceived for gaming. Nevertheless, the high-performance graphic chips are very suitable for this purpose. We did not notice any negative effects due to the special Quadro drivers. Almost all the games we tested could be rendered smoothly in maximum quality settings and Full HD resolution. However, a drawback of Dell's Precision M6700 is that resolutions between 1280x1024 and 1920x1080 pixels are not supported, neither internally nor on an external monitor.

low med.high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 402340121fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 30258fps
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011) 26711139.98fps
Batman: Arkham City (2011) 8243fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 25239fps
Diablo III (2012) 323134fps
F1 2012 (2012) 15596fps
World of Tanks v8 (2012) 11251fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 22216.9fps

Emissions

System Noise

Unlike most other manufacturers, Dell has managed to fuse high-performance with very low noise generation in its Precision M6700. The laptop was silent and only its quiet fan noise was occasionally heard in low load. We also observed this when Nvidia's Quadro K5000M was enabled instead of the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. However, a difference to Dell's Precision M6700 with AMD FirePro M6000 was noticed in medium load. It was considerably more present with 40.5 dB(A) than the latter's 34.6 dB(A). Longer use first got unpleasant during full load where the fan produced 48.9 dB(A) at full speed. However, we liked the fact that the fans slowed down noticeably soon after a load period and the high noise level was really only present during high load.

Noise Level

Idle 29.6 / 29.6 / 29.6 dB(A)
DVD 34.8 / 42.3 dB(A)
Load 40.5 / 48.9 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    PCE-322A (15 cm distance)

Temperature

CPU throttling
CPU throttling
Up to 104 °C was displayed
Up to 104 °C was displayed

The temperature development on the casing's surfaces can be called moderate. With a maximum of 45 °C, Dell's Precision M6700 remained far below 50 °C at our usual measuring points even after 2 hours of full load. It got a lot warmer with up to 56 °C at the rear vents and 54.8 °C at the docking port. The docking port apparently absorbs the heat extremely well and conducts it outwards. The wrist rest, working area and keyboard are much cooler with a maximum of 35.3 °C.

While the casing's temperatures are overall within limits, it gets quite hot inside. The HWinfo tool recorded a core temperature of 104 °C after approximately 20 minutes of full load (Furmark, Prime95). Temperature throttling sets in at this stage and results in a consistently fluctuating Turbo Boost between 3 GHz and 3.7 GHz. Dell's Ultra Performance energy saving profile (max fan level) did not improve this. We believe that the air intake vents on the bottom are too small and come too close to the surface. That impairs enough cool air from being taken into the casing during full load. CPU throttling did not occur when the Precision M6700's rear was permanently jacked up by about 4 centimeters. This effect was not observed with Nvidia's Quadro K5000M. Its clock remained stable at 601 MHz and clearly below 80 °C. 3DMark 06 performed directly after this even achieved a slightly better score of 24670 points than in the initial test.

Max. Load
 40.3 °C36.0 °C33.6 °C 
 30.9 °C35.3 °C33.5 °C 
 28.6 °C31.3 °C29.6 °C 
Maximum: 40.3 °C
Average: 33.2 °C
32.9 °C45.8 °C36.4 °C
35.2 °C42.9 °C33.1 °C
30.2 °C34.3 °C32.1 °C
Maximum: 45.8 °C
Average: 35.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.8 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | Fennel Firt 550

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption measured at the mains ranged from 13.9 up to 181.6 watts. Because the Intel HD Graphics 4000 is enabled, the AMD FirePro M6000 version can be undercut by about 4.7 watts. When the dedicated Nvidia Quadro was active instead of the integrated graphics, the idle power consumption was 18.7, 23.7 or 25.8 watts, which is almost identical to the rates of AMD's FirePro. The high power consumption of Nvidia's Quadro K5000M ultimately takes effect and causes a power consumption of 181.6 watts. The 97 Wh battery, which is a good precondition for a practical battery runtime with its lush capacity, faces that.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.6 Watt
Idle 13.9 / 21 / 23.1 Watt
Load 115.9 / 181.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Reader's Test
Maximum battery runtime (Reader's Test)
Classic Test
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)

Our test model's runtime increased enormously due to the usability of Intel's HD Graphics 4000 in contrast to the AMD model without enabled Intel graphics. Compared with AC mode, Dell appears to use other energy saving options in battery mode. Owing to Nvidia's Optimus, Dell's Precision M6700 lasted for almost 9 hours without the power supply in Battery Eater Reader's test, performed with minimum screen brightness, energy saving profile and disabled wireless modules. The AMD model was already drained after just 5:28 hours in the same test. The more practical Wi-Fi test, i.e. internet browsing with a brightness of approx. 150 cd/m² and energy saving mode on Intel's HD, ran for a good 6 hours. The video test using a DVD, energy saving mode and maximum brightness proved that the user can watch a movie for roughly 5 hours without the PSU. Battery Eater's Classic test with maximum brightness, all on and high performance, finished much sooner and the battery was drained after 72 minutes. Compared with the maximum mains consumption, this still favorable result is mainly possible to the Nvidia Quadro K5000M GPU's clock reduction to 135 MHz in battery mode.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 47min
WiFi Surfing
6h 02min
DVD
5h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 12min

Verdict

Dell has created a masterpiece with it latest Precision series. No other contender we reviewed managed to fuse high-end performance with a low operating noise so well. Unfortunately, Dell blunders in stability in the test model, which is so important for workstations. CPU throttling during full load must not be an issue. This also makes buying the premium-range CPU ridiculous because just when it is needed, its potential is not permanently available.

Other drawbacks, such as the operating noise's increase starting from medium load or reduced graphics power in battery mode, could also be key points for some buyers to opt against Dell's Precision M6700. Here it becomes obvious that the performance limit of Dell's Precision M6700 has been exhausted with this configuration. These restrictions could likely be sidestepped with a somewhat weaker CPU-GPU combination.

However, Dell does not make it easy for the potential buyer with the test model either. The pro side is not weaker. The casing's exceedingly high-quality and rigid qualities alongside a fairly light weight are appealing. The very good battery runtimes and the consequently only rarely needed power supply are more features that boost the mobility factor.

The screen is appropriate for the target group, the system performance is enormous and the configuration as well as upgrade options provide a high measure of flexibility.

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Specifications

Dell Precision M6700

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel QM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
16384 MB, 4x4 GB Kingston X7C75G-HYC DDR3 PC3-14900, max. 32 GB
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro K5000M - 4096 MB, Core: 601 MHz, Memory: 750 MHz, nvlddmkm 9.18.13.697 (Forceware 306.97) Win7 64, Nvidia Optimus with Intel HD Graphics 4000
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, CMN1720, HDKPV_173HGE, TN LED, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA, 256 GB 2x LiteonIT LCT-512M3S 512 GB
:: Soundcard
IDT 92HD93BXX @ Intel Panther Point PCH- High Definition Audio Controller [C-1]
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 3 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: headphone, microphone, Card Reader: SD, MMC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Intel(R) Mobile Express chipset SATA RAID controller
:: Networking
Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN (a g n ), 4.0 Dell Wireless 380 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GS30N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 417 x 271
:: Weight
3.79 kg Power Supply: 1 kg
:: Battery
97 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1V, 8.55 Ah
:: Price
7600 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1 MP, Keyboard Light: no, 36 Months Warranty

 

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Dell's Precision M6700 is a very interesting workstation.
Dell's Precision M6700 is a very interesting workstation.
The viewing angles are good, but not on the level of IPS screens.
The viewing angles are good, but not on the level of IPS screens.
The keyboard is good but yields a bit on the left side.
The keyboard is good but yields a bit on the left side.
The rear vents can get quite warm.
The rear vents can get quite warm.
The components are easy to access.
The components are easy to access.
The battery capacity of 97 watt hours ensures long runtimes.
The battery capacity of 97 watt hours ensures long runtimes.
CPU and GPU have a dedicated cooling.
CPU and GPU have a dedicated cooling.
The operating system is stored on an mSATA SSD with a SATA II interface.
The operating system is stored on an mSATA SSD with a SATA II interface.
A fast working memory from Kingston is installed.
A fast working memory from Kingston is installed.
The laptop is WWAN ready.
The laptop is WWAN ready.
The cooling outlets cannot cater to the test configuration's cooling needs.
The cooling outlets cannot cater to the test configuration's cooling needs.
The display has a wide opening angle.
The display has a wide opening angle.
The connectivity is generous.
The connectivity is generous.
The screen closes well.
The screen closes well.
The buyer will find a top configuration, high performance and very good quality.
The buyer will find a top configuration, high performance and very good quality.
Typical business features are just as available...
Typical business features are just as available...
for example, a good gaming suitability.
for example, a good gaming suitability.
The actual application field is however performance-devouring professional software.
The actual application field is however performance-devouring professional software.
3D construction programs require very high graphics power...
3D construction programs require very high graphics power...
that can only be provided by special graphics cards with special drivers.
that can only be provided by special graphics cards with special drivers.
Mobile graphics chips, such as Nvidia's Quadro K5000M or AMD's FirePro M6000, are among these.
Mobile graphics chips, such as Nvidia's Quadro K5000M or AMD's FirePro M6000, are among these.
Dell's Precision M6700 is almost silent during low load.
Dell's Precision M6700 is almost silent during low load.
The operating noise is still well tolerable during medium load.
The operating noise is still well tolerable during medium load.
However, the workstation comes to the fore during full load and the user has to deal with a disturbing noise level.
However, the workstation comes to the fore during full load and the user has to deal with a disturbing noise level.
In contrast to the rest of the base, the docking port gets very warm.
In contrast to the rest of the base, the docking port gets very warm.

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Pro

+Noise development
+Power consumption during low load
+Computing power
+Graphics power
+Battery runtime
+Casing's quality and build
+Upgrade and configuration options
+Screen
 

Cons

-Temperature development at the docking port during full load
-Noise during full load
-CPU throttling during full load
-Reduced graphics power in battery mode
-No keyboard light

Shortcut

What we like

The combination of high performance, exemplary casing qualities and very quiet operating noise during low load.

What we'd like to see

A somewhat more reasonable surcharge for the hardware. 

What surprises us

That the mSATA slot and consequently the system drive is only connected via SATA II.

The competition

Dell Precision M6700 AMD FirePro M6000, HP EliteBook 8770w, Fujitsu Celsius H920, Bullman E-Class 4 i7, Schenker XIRIOS W712.

Rating

Dell Precision M6700
03/14/2013 v3
Tobias Winkler

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
97%
Weight
59%
Battery
86%
Display
87%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
100%
Temperature
84%
Noise
86%
Add Points
85%
Average
87%
89%
Workstation *
Weighted Average

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Author: Tobias Winkler, 2013-03-20 (Update: 2013-06- 6)